Applications for Lit in Colour Pioneer Scheme Open

For all Secondary Schools English Leads

Calling all English Literature co-ordinators and subject leads for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 to apply for the Lit in Colour Pioneers Programme.

Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank, has partnered with Penguin to diversify GCSE and A-Level English curriculums. The pioneers programme supports schools to provide students with exposure to literature by Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers to reflect stories from a range of backgrounds and provide children with both experiences that may resonate with them and those beyond their own.

Participating schools receive free access to:

  • Copies of the chosen set texts for every student in the relevant year group, donated by Penguin
  • A series of free resources including CPD training webinars for teachers and school librarians, plus qualification support and training where required
  • Resources to support you when teaching a new set text, including schemes of work, exemplars, sample assessment materials and support from our subject specialists
  • A Lit in Colour mini library including 200 free Penguin books by Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers designed for all age groups, together with colourful posters and artwork.

The link to apply can be found here.

Eligible schools must:

  • Commit to Edexcel GCSE and/ or A Level English Literature
  • Change to one of the set texts on the programme to be taught from September 2024 with the first examination from 2026  
  • Be new to the Lit in Colour pioneers programme at GCSE or A Level

The Lit in Colour Pioneers programme is an opportunity for secondary schools in Enfield to receive the support to reflect the diversity of the borough in their curriculums.


Jessie Hodges

Graduate Management Trainee